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To transform schools, input from teachers and students about the school modernization process is critical.
In this age of digital learning, aligning school technology planning with curriculum, assessment, professional learning, and other operational needs is a necessity.
For a school or district leader, the vision for the school or district allows the leader to articulate the long-term impact of the work and the reason that impact is essential.
Schools must contend with the cultural dynamics of its internal stakeholders (e.g., students, families, teachers, etc.) in addition to external stakeholders (e.g., policymakers, business and community leaders, etc.) that impact teaching and learning.
Effective leadership requires the ability to engage stakeholders effectively by building and managing relationships.
The effective use of technology provides tools, resources, data, and supportive systems that increase opportunities for teaching and learning.
Support school modernization practices aligned with district and state policies and balance authority with flexibility and agency.
Individuals with a fixed mindset often believe that failure is a sign of intellectual inferiority or weakness, making risk taking a high-stakes endeavor where failure can be crushing.
Districts and schools are faced with the challenge of having to implement, sustain, and evaluate many different innovations, initiatives, and programs simultaneously, with limited resources.
A large teacher quality gap exists across schools in many districts, resulting in a situation where students of color and economically disadvantaged students are systemically provided less access to high-quality teachers than their peers.
No school leader has the time or the expertise to handle all their school’s challenges alone.
Set clear expectations for each teacher’s and administrator’s professional growth plan; seek feedback from teachers and use data to show impact.
Innovation does not mean dictating new policies to a school staff from the principal’s office. Google and Apple, two companies famous for their innovation, also are driven from the bottom up.
Share the school’s successes, no matter how small, through all relevant outreach channels (e.g., email, traditional and social media, daily updates, videos, etc.).
Create peer review and feedback loops.
To develop and support an environment where the work of an initial dynamic leader is continued beyond the leader’s tenure, attention must be paid to the challenges of sustainability and adaptation.